(August 14, 2015) – The Utah Department of Transportation today released its long-range plan forecasting transportation needs in rural Utah over the next 25 years.
The department updates its long-range transportation plan every four years with an eye toward keeping traffic moving now and into the future. The plan focuses primarily on rural areas of the state and identifies a list of projects that will strengthen Utah’s economy and enhance the state’s quality of life.
Transportation needs for Utah’s urban areas are developed in cooperation with metropolitan planning organizations like the Dixie Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Wasatch Front Regional Council. These long-range plans, along with UDOT’s Long-Range Plan, are combined to create Utah’s Unified Transportation Plan, which will be published this fall.
“UDOT follows a fiscally responsible approach to maximize the value of Utah’s infrastructure investment,” said Jeff Harris, UDOT planning director. “The department leverages limited resources in a way that will provide the greatest benefit.”
Harris said the Long-Range Plan considers the unique needs and strengths of rural Utah, including tourism, the energy sector, interstate freight movement, access to recreation opportunities and the need for enhanced connections between communities. It employs sophisticated travel demand modeling software to anticipate future transportation needs, taking into account projected population growth as well as employment data forecasts.
The plan also reflects the predicted quantity and timing of future funding as well as public input accumulated during a series of public meetings focused on the draft project list last spring.
Projects listed in this plan include projects to widen roads, add new passing or climbing lanes, modify interchanges and make other needed improvements throughout the state. You can view the Long-Range Plan here (https://www.udot.utah.gov/go/lrp)